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Historic Sites Near Our Southwest Florida Communities

Known for its sunny beaches and rich culture, Southwest Florida is also home to many historical sites and homes just waiting for you to explore. Here is a look at some of the great places awaiting you near three of our Taylor Morrison communities.

Nokomis Real Estate with a Real Connection to Nature  

Bellacina by Casey Key’s casual Florida lifestyle and low-maintenance homes mean you have more time to pickup and go on an outdoor adventure. Luckily, there’s no shortage of options nearby that are not only recreational but are also steeped in history.

Oscar Scherer State Park  

Tucked away quietly between Sarasota and Venice, you’ll find Oscar Scherer State Park, a hidden gem for bicyclists, hikers, birdwatchers, and people who simply enjoy being in nature. While it was donated to the state by Elsa Scherer Burrows in memory of her father Oscar and developed as a preserved natural space in the face of rapid urban development in the area, it was later joined with 922 neighboring acres to protect the Florida scrub-jay territory and is now the only protected scrub-jay population in southwest Florida with a long-term chance of survival. Along with the scrub jay, you may spot the majestic bald eagle, who nests here in the winter, on your visit. Whether you’re in the mood for hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, or geoseeking…scout out this little oasis in the midst of the suburban sprawl that blends preservation with recreation.

The Taylor Morrison community of Legacy Estates at Esplanade on Palmer Ranch borders Oscar Scherer State Park and have exclusive gated access directly into the park.

  • Oscar Scherer State Park | 1843 South Tamiami Tr, Osprey FL 34229 | 941-483-5956
  • Legacy Estates at Esplanade on Palmer Ranch | 2,407 to 4,789 Sq. Ft. | 2 to 5 Beds with Den | 2 to 4 Baths | 1 to 2 Half Baths | 1 to 2 Story Homes | 2 to 3 Car Garages | Explore the Community

North Jetty Fish Camp at North Jetty Park  

Built in the mid-1940s from an old trolley car from Ybor City, the North Jetty Fish Camp in North Jetty park is a local landmark that’s been around for generations. In fact, the manager who runs concessions here says you can still see the rivets from the old trolley car under the service counter.[i]

Described as what many call “Old Florida,” the fish camp is a fun spot to stop in for a cup of coffee in the morning before heading out to fish or a refreshing drink on a hot Florida day when you’re enjoying the rest of the park.

This is a great place enjoy the sights of boats, dolphins and coastal wildlife pass by. Others may want to rent a paddle board or kayak from Jetty Rentals and make their way around Snake Island, around Cactus Island and Bird Island.

  • North Jetty Park | 1000 S Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL 34275 | 941-861-5000
  • North Jetty Fish Camp | 1000 S Casey Key Road
  • Jetty Rentals | 1000 S Casey Key Road | 941-525-0117

Pioneers who Made a Difference in Estero  

Whether you’ve just moved into Pebble Pointe at the Brooks or you’ve been calling this community home for a while, one thing you’re sure to love about our new homes in Estero, FL, is how close you are to the deep history and cultural delights of the area. Whether you’re a history buff or simply want to enjoy a Saturday spent strolling the outdoors on a sunny Florida day, we’ve rustled up a few places you may want to visit.

Koreshan State Park  

Get a unique peek into the lives of an eccentric pioneer group who made their home next to the Estero River in the late 1890s. Built on the foundational belief that the universe existed inside of the Earth, the Koreshans practiced a communal, celibate lifestyle. Known for their enterprising skills with electricity, the park hosts 11 pristine, restored, nationally registered historic buildings built by these pioneers. Amble along the bamboo trails that traverse the property and stop by the Cast Iron Café to sample traditional Koreshan foods and desserts. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is just moments from your doorstep.

  • Koreshan State Park | 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero FL 33928 | 239-992-0311

Edison Ford Winter Estates  

Take a walk-through history and tour the estates where two of America’s greatest inventors, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, wintered with their families. Take a tour of the Edison Main House, which still features almost all original Edison furniture, or enjoy the swimming pool complex. The 50’ x 20’ pool, one of the first residential pools to be constructed, was built with Edison Portland Cement. Next, take a stroll to The Mangoes, Henry Ford’s adjoining winter estate, which he purchased after a visit to Fort Myers at Edison’s invitation. Several other historic buildings as well as a beautiful garden featuring more than 1,700 plants in over 400 species, Edison’s Botanical Research Laboratory, and a Museum wait to greet you on your visit. It’s a leisurely few hours well spent.

  • Edison Ford Winter Estates | 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901 | 239-334-7419

Historic Architecture in Naples  

Rich in history, our sunny real estate in Naples, FL, offers a unique location to not only enjoy a relaxing beach lifestyle but also one that is culturally diverse.

Historic Palm Cottage  

Experience the authentic, hand-crafted charm of Old Naples at the Historic Palm Cottage. Built in 1895 by one of Naples’ founders, the Cottage is the oldest house in Naples and uniquely constructed from tabby mortar—a handmade concrete mixed from sand, shells, and water. Recently restored to its original condition, trained guides are there to share colorful tales, unique insights, and historic facts as you tour through the house’s interesting architecture, incredible artwork, and original tools and furnishings of the last century.

  • Historic Palm Cottage | 137 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102 | 239-261-8164

Third Street South & Historic Naples Pier  

As the birthplace of Naples, Third Street South is the heart of Naples culture, history, and modern entertainment. Surrounded by colorful, coastal beach cottages, Third Street South is a mecca of fine dining restaurants, antique fountains and courtyards, and charming boutique shops. Enjoy an afternoon shopping and appreciating the lush landscaping of Third Street South, then end the evening taking in the sunset over the sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters on the Historic Naples Pier, just a few blocks away.

  • Third Street South | 1207 3rd St S, Naples, FL 34102 | 239-434-6533
  • Historic Naples Pier | Naples, FL 34102

Where the Past and The Present Meet  

A thriving region like Southwest Florida offers many delightful historical, cultural, and natural sites for you to explore—and Taylor Morrison is proud to offer communities in the midst of it all so you can enjoy an active lock up and go lifestyle.

Explore These Southwest Florida New Home Communities  

Discover historic homes and landmarks near Bellacina by Casey Key
Bellacina by Casey Key | The centerpiece of the gated community is a beautiful resort amenity center. Explore this Esplanade community.

Bellacina by Casey Key – Nokomis, FL  

New homes from 1,689 to 2,740 Sq. Ft. | 2 to 4 Bedrooms | 2 to 4.5 Bathrooms | 1 to 2 Story Homes | 2 to 3 Car Garage | View Community

Pebble Pointe at The Brooks Homes – Estero, FL  

Final homes are now selling | 2,100 to 2,275 Sq. Ft. | 2 to 3 Bedrooms | 2 to 3.5 Bathrooms | 1 to 2 Story Homes | 2 to 3 Car Garage | Explore Homes for Sale

Esplanade at Hacienda Lakes – Naples, FL  

Twin Villa homes are now selling | 1,533 Sq. Ft. | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms | 1 Story Homes | 2 Car Garage | Live the Inspired Esplanade Lifestyle

Single family homes from 1,856 to 3,144 Sq. Ft. | 2 to 3 Bedrooms | 2 Full to 3.5 Bathrooms | 1 to 2 Story Homes | 2 to 3 Car Garage | Learn More

Let Us Help You Get Started  

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